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ETBU students recognized for being ‘outstanding’ at national UN conference

December 8, 2016

Nine East Texas Baptist University students along with Political Science Professor Dr. Israel Nandamudi traveled to compete at the American Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference held in Chicago, November 19-23. The team won the prestigious "Outstanding Delegation Award" for the second year in a row.

"Our group was proactive and efficient in everything that we did," Head Delegate senior Sara Corley said. "We were quick to seek information and confident in the speeches we gave." 

ETBU's Model United Nations Team includes Corley, Zachary Smithee, Chad Herring, Joshua Boy, Catherine Clawson, Connor Mason, Ryan Pearce, Charles Quigley, and Terry Couvillion. The conference gathered students from over 120 different universities including Indiana University, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, and Baylor University. The conference simulated the atmosphere of the United Nations, a government program to promote international cooperation, to teach students skills in such subjects of public speaking, negotiation, and international relations.

"I am extremely proud of our ETBU students and their performance this year," Nandamudi said. "The major credit goes to our Head Delegate, Sara Corley.  She did an awesome job coordinating all of our activities, sending reminders to our delegates, and mentoring the new delegates."

Every school has the opportunity to represent a delegation from a different country. This year ETBU represented the country of Afghanistan. Following last year's conference, the team selected a Middle Eastern country because ETBU had never represented that region of the world. Students spent the Fall 2016 semester preparing for the AMUN conference by researching Afghanistan's government, economy, and foreign policy. Their diligence and practice paid off with their success at the Model UN conference.

"Once again, we proved that ETBU is an excellent school with quality students," Nandamudi said.